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February 5, 2011

Disney's GNOMEO & JULIET Movie Review

Disney is releasing a new film on February 11: GNOMEO & JULIET!

The greatest love story ever told, starring...garden gnomes? In the upcoming “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2”) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?

Our Review:
We were lucky enough to have been invited to a special VIP showing of Gnomeo & Juliet today. While the movie follows the basic story line of Shakespeare's classic tragic love story Romeo & Juliet, the Disney version has a happy ending that will make your child wanting more. This is a story about 2 garden gnomes who fell in love and their journey to bring the 2 families back together. My daughter (almost 5 years old) LOVED the movie. When it was over, she literally did not want to leave the theater and asked if we could stay to watch the movie again. While we were driving home, her daddy asked if she enjoyed the movie, she replied, "I want to be a gnome too." Although she did qualified her statement later by telling us that she did not want to be a garden statue, lol. My husband and myself thought that the movie was surprisingly entertaining. To be honest, after watching the preview, we thought the movie was geared more toward the kids and we had our doubts about sitting through the movie ourselves. However, we were wrong. We were entertained through the entire time and I was not at all bored ^_^. We were really impressed by the castings. The voice acting was amazing! We were also impressed by how everything stayed realistic. Yes, I know that this is a movie about garden gnomes, how realistic could that be? What I mean is that through out the entire movie, you never lose the sight of the fact that these characters are indeed garden gnomes. When they pump up against each other or against things, they make a dull clinking sound. When the look around, the garden gnomes' eyes appear painted on no matter which direction the eyes moved. All in all, we thought the art work/ animation was impressive as well.

We definitely recommend this movie to parents with little ones. It was entertaining and we had a lot of fun watching it. Be sure to go see it in a theater near you starting February 11.

* My family attended a special early screening of the film for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


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